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Jamesito
post Feb 2 2008, 01:48 AM
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Hey guys,

I recently bought a Epiphone Les Paul Studio (Gothic Model) which I have customized a little... it´s a cool guitar looks good and plays reasonably well, it´s a step up from my epiphone Special 2 that´s for sure. Basically I would like to change the pickups...

I like the look of the pickups in the Gibson Zak Wilde custom, they are EMG 81 and 85 i think. This is obviosuly a good combination but I presume it´s going to be quite a dark sound?? has anyone got any good ideas of what I could upgrade to?

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post Feb 2 2008, 02:01 AM
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QUOTE (Jamesito @ Feb 1 2008, 04:48 PM) *
Hey guys,

I recently bought a Epiphone Les Paul Studio (Gothic Model) which I have customized a little... it´s a cool guitar looks good and plays reasonably well, it´s a step up from my epiphone Special 2 that´s for sure. Basically I would like to change the pickups...

I like the look of the pickups in the Gibson Zak Wilde custom, they are EMG 81 and 85 i think. This is obviosuly a good combination but I presume it´s going to be quite a dark sound?? has anyone got any good ideas of what I could upgrade to?

Cheers,

Jamesito


Depends what type/s of music you're interested in! smile.gif

Different pickups are preferable for different styles so it'd be a bit hard to say without a few tips as to what you like to play biggrin.gif

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post Feb 2 2008, 01:02 PM
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I would like to play a wide range of music, i mainly like Rock and Roll- Blues hence having the les paul... but I like metal though aswell, in your advice would it be better to save the cash and just buy another guitar speciafically for blues? the reason for wanting the pickups is mainly cosmetic as I dont like the look of the standard ones, I would prefer having some humbuckers on there to be honest.
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post Feb 2 2008, 04:10 PM
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QUOTE (Jamesito @ Feb 2 2008, 07:02 AM) *
I would like to play a wide range of music, i mainly like Rock and Roll- Blues hence having the les paul... but I like metal though aswell, in your advice would it be better to save the cash and just buy another guitar speciafically for blues? the reason for wanting the pickups is mainly cosmetic as I dont like the look of the standard ones, I would prefer having some humbuckers on there to be honest.


for blues go strat.. but if u wanna change the pickups for cosmetic reason just get new pickup covers


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post Feb 5 2008, 07:27 PM
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QUOTE (Jamesito @ Feb 2 2008, 01:48 AM) *
Hey guys,

I recently bought a Epiphone Les Paul Studio (Gothic Model) which I have customized a little... it´s a cool guitar looks good and plays reasonably well, it´s a step up from my epiphone Special 2 that´s for sure. Basically I would like to change the pickups...

I like the look of the pickups in the Gibson Zak Wilde custom, they are EMG 81 and 85 i think. This is obviosuly a good combination but I presume it´s going to be quite a dark sound?? has anyone got any good ideas of what I could upgrade to?

Cheers,

Jamesito


Hi

I play my Epiphone Les Paul with a EMG 81/85 combo. The sound is not so dark, as you might expect. Actually I think the 81 is a bit sharp in the bridge position. I changed the pickups and play the 85 in bridge and the 81 in neck position.
All in all, this sounds quite good for Rock and Blues.
I'm thinking about getting a EMG 60 for the neck position. It has a full but also a very clear tone, and sounds great if played clean.
If you want more versatility you could get a EMG 89 instead of a 81. You can split the 89 to use it as a Humbucker or a Single-Coil.

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post Feb 6 2008, 12:29 AM
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I would suggest a set of Seymour Duncans. An SH-1b in the neck and a SH-4 in the bridge. The perfect all around pickups you can put in a les paul.

The JB will give you a clear bite that is outstanding going from a nice clean to all the drive you can put to it for metal.

The 59b(b is for bridge) is a hotter PAF that is very close to what slash uses in his neck position with just a little bit more mid.

A great set up to play anything from jazz to shred

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